Second Sections

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 During my observations in the late 1940's and early 1950's second sections generally were run only for the Christmas holiday mail. In which case, the first section carried passengers (and maybe the RPO) and the second section was mostly head end cars (and maybe a rider coach or combine). There may have been exceptions, but this is what I remember.
Jim Nichols
    On Friday, January 8, 2021, 09:48:04 AM CST, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:  
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How were the first and second sections of N&W passenger trains typically divided during the 1940s and 50s? What cars were typically in the first section? I’m I correct in assuming that whichever section would require longer station stops was the following section?  Were the instructions for dividing the sections different for holiday traffic rather than during the rest of the year?   John Garner,  Newport  VA
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